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One of two Central Air Units is not working - thermostat works

We have two units, one of which is working, the other all of a sudden stopped. We've checked the breaker, checked the thermostat already. What other items should we check before calling in the forces, we'd love to do this ourselves in this tight economy. thanks in advance for your help and advice.

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Ended up being the wires going to the thermosat, was clicking on like it should so we thought it was working, however, it was not... as a temp fix both air conditioners are running off of the same thermostat, and the new one will go in today

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